City prepares for Harvey’s expected rainfall

The National Weather Service says Tropical Depression Harvey is expected to become a tropical storm and move towards the Texas coast on Friday, and Biloxi Emergency Manager Michelle Crowley says the city is advising residents to sit up and take note.

Crowley this afternoon is passing along information that heavy rainfall – as much as five to 10 inches – could cause flooding. The heaviest rain is most likely over the weekend through early next week. 

Additionally, tides one to two feet above normal are forecast for this weekend into early next week.

Beginning today after 5 p.m. the city will offer self-serve sand bag locations at three locations: Todd Migues Ball Park, 425 Parker St.; Popp’s Ferry Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road, across from Margaret Sherry Library; and Biloxi Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road.

Crowley said Biloxi Public Works personnel have been advised to clean storm drains as needed, and all city personnel will be notified to expect a possible heavy rainfall event, possible flooding, and to prepare emergency equipment as needed in all departments.

Said Crowley: “There’s no reason to be alarmed. We are advising the public to take the same steps that we are taking, to make preparations based on the forecasts we are providing, and continue to monitor weather reports.”
See Harvey’s position and advisories
See the local forecast and advisories
How to create a storm plan


News and notes

Biloxi Shuckers:  The Biloxi Shuckers continue their season-finale homestand tonight at MGM Park when they play the Mobile Baybears beginning at 6:35 p.m.  For details and ticket information, click here

Traffic update:  To see the latest traffic advisories and road closures throughout the city, click here